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but never before in the age of the dashboard video camera.s from out on a highway outside ofhe chelyabinsk in central russia a flash of light emerges out of a clear blue sky. it becomes a streak, then a foreboding glow. it leaves a trail and other it cameras are drawn skyward until-- ( explosions and screaming ) -- a blast and its echoes areuntil-- captured here and here. some of the explosions are the sonic boom caused by a space object the size of a large bus moving through the air at what the russian academy of science said was 33,000 miles an hour. if you were in your apartment, you suspected something was up. and then you were sure. if you thought you were safe in a classroom, you weren't. it caused widespread damage to buildings, blew out thousands of windows, knocked down walls.
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miraculously, the damage to people was minor, mostly cuts from splintered glass. michael garnett, a canadian goalie who plays for chelyabinsk in the russian hockey league hasas felt a few bangs in his time but nothing like this. >> reporter: 70 miles outside of town a meteor-shaped hole in the ice of a lake indicates the visitor nameless visitor's last resting place. meteorite fragments were sc scattered around likerstellar c interstellar calling cards. as if anyone would ever forget.
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chelyabinsk has made history before for not being in the news. it was part of the old soviet union's nuclear weapons program and wa and was a closed zone, forbiddenground for ground for foreigners. now it's famous as the place where heaven and earth met withen and e a bang, anthony. >> mason: mark phillips. thanks, mark. derrick pitts is chief astronomer at the franklin institute in philadelphia. derrick, what caused this huge explosion and sonic boom that's associated with this meteor? asso and why did it cause so much damage over such a wide area? >> anthony, this meteor was coming into the earth's40,000 atmosphere at 40,000 miles per hour. as as it comes into the atmosphere, it has to dissipate that energy somehow and the dissipation goese di into heating the air around it as it plunges in. but it also goes into breakingeaki up the meteor, so it breaks upet into smaller pieces. that helps to dissipate thee energy. the reason why it was spread over such a large area is because the measurement on the contrail behind it is about 300ehind it i miles long.
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this is essentially skippingping into the atmosphere so it's going to create a shock wave like a sonic boom, that rolls along the surface of the planet for quite some distance. that would create the damagee over such a wide area. >> >> mason: there was another close encounter today as an asteroid passed within 17,200ide the miles of earth, well inside the orbit of some of our satellites.these ev are these events related or is this a cosmic coincidence? >> well, you know, there are allon in th sorts of events going on in the solar system. it just so happens in coincidence that these two events happened today. we had the one that we already knew about for quite some time and this one that just sort of shows up out of no place.if we could track the asteroid so we knew it was happening, but that's much more difficult to dots as or is.lly a >> mason: derrick pitts, thank planet you very much. in case you were wondering, an asteroid is essentially a mini planet, a piece of rock that orbits the sun. astero a meteor is a small piece of an asteroid that enters the earth's
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atmosphere as a shooting star. those that hit the earth are called meteorites.o his president obama went to his hometown of chicago today, thehr last stop in a three-day tour to drum up support for the programs he outlined in his state of theunion ad union address.he started he started off talking about the need to stop gun violence. chicago has been plagued by it. >> last year, there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city. and 65 of those victims were 18 and under. so that's the equivalent of a newtown every four >> mason: chicago already has some of the toughest gun laws in th the country. this week, mayor rahm emanuel called for making them evencall tougher, with mandatory minimum sentences for gun violations. would that work? dean reynolds takes a look. >> right there, right there! >> reporter: last decemberepor minutes after he allegedly shot minutes at a neighbor -- >> man with a gun, man with aan
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gun. >> reporter: julian gayles was caught by chicago police. >> we got the guy. >> reporter: gayles, 22, alreadygun crim had a record of gun crimes and parole violations but little time behind bars. since 2009, he's been sentenced been to seven years in jail but has served just two. he was on parole when we witnessed his arrest by policehis arrest commander leo schmidt... >> get him in the him i check him very thoroughly. >> reporter: ...and is now in custody again awaiting trial. chicago police suspect gary mccarthy wants such offenders touc face a mandatory minimum sentence. >> this has to stop. gun offenders have to do sign significant jail time. >> reporter: but cook county sheriff tom dart wonders where. you don't have enough cells? >> god no. we are at capacity right now. the state prison system is beyond beyond capacity. talk to them right now, theyhaven't haven't had a population likes. this in decades. and there's no place to put them. what are you in on?
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>> possession. >> straight possession? >> reporter: dart runs the largest county jail in the i country, nearly 10,000 inmates. you've got 300 people in a former cafeteria. you got people in the hospital sleeping on the floor. >> yeah. yeah. yeah. this is, you know, not something that you would design. frankly, at this time, this should be a building that wepty righ should have empty right now at this time of there should be no one in it. but because of our population explosion this is full. >> reporter: experts say the prison population would swell byif mandato thousands if mandatory minimum sentences came to pass for gun violations. >> we just can't have this irrational type of notion that there's magic jail cells allople that ar over the place that we can justpty. put people that are all sitting there empty. it's as if all of a sudden we or someth just raise penalties and these people get shipped off to the moon or something. >> no, we know where we need to put them and we need money to fund
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that. >> reporter: but illinois doesn't have the money, anthony, and has actually been closingaving mone prisons to save money, and ist ou hoping that by saving money it can get out of the budget spiral wh where it owes $9 billion in unpaid bills right now.nks, dean. >> mason: dean reynolds ininal c chicago, thanks, dean. criminal charges were filed today against former chicago congressman jesse jackson, jr. prosecutors say he spent $750,000 in campaign money on himself.fu including furniture at his home in northwest washington. that's where nancy cordes is tonight. nancy? >> reporter: anthony, according to these court documents00 jackson spent more than $9,000r this on children's furniture for this house using campaign funds, and that that was one of the more mundane purchases. he has been charged with one count of conspiracy, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. prosecutors paint 47-year-old jesse jackson, jr., as a profligate spender who used campaign donations to indulge frivolous and expensive whims.
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$43,000 on a gold-plated men's a gol rolex watch. $5,000 on fur capes and parkas. and a long list of bruce lee and michael jackson memorabilia, including a $4,000 guitar and a $4,600 fedora. prosecutors say tens of thousands more went to pay down personal credit cards. jackson, jr., came to congress pe in 1995, the promising and personable son of a civil rights leader, the reverend jesse jackson. last summer, the congressman disappeared for a month before di revealing that he was being treated for bipolar disorder. he resigned in november and twoovember an months later his wife sandy, who mont served as his campaign manager stepped down from her position as a chicago alderwoman.erwoman. today she was charged with one count of filing false tax returns. in a statement, the former congressman apologizes for improper decisions, but he adds impr "it is my hope that i am
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remembered for the things i did right." lawyers for mrs. jackson say shehe has signed a plea agreement and sources tell cbs mr. jackson has, too. that means he likely won't face the maximum penalty, though he could still be looking at a couple years of jail time and a l very large fine, anthony. >> mason: nancy cordes. thank you, nancy. there are still questionsil tonight about the fire at thegh california cabin where police cornered an ex-cop bent onbent on revenge. was that blaze an accident orcident o did law enforcement set it on purpose? carter evans has the latest ont on the investigation. >> reporter: we're getting a first look at the charred remains of the cabin where alleged cop killer christopher dorner made tand on tuesday. we were there caught in the cross fire. ( gunfire ) the gun battle was so intense we were forced to take cover, but we left our cell phone on. at the very beginning of the shootout, you can hear authorities near the phone
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talking about burning dorner out of the cabin he was holed up in. >> reporter: over the next three hours, authorities brought in reinforcements. armored vehicles, more swat teams, and this battering ram which authorities told me at the scene would be used to deploy a powerful form of tear gas, also known as a burner, into the cabin. the burner gives off intense heat which often causes a fire. recordings of police scanners during the final assault confirm their plan. >> reporter: the day after the shootout, san bernardino county sheriff john mcmahon insisted the fire was not set on purpose. we asked him about that today. >> we did not intentionally burn that cabin down. i stand by that remark. they had just been involved in probably one of the most fierce fire fights and sometimes because we're humans we say things that may or may not be
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appropriate. >> reporter: the coroner's investigation is now complete. christopher dorner's cause of death was a single shot to the head-- a gunshot that authorities believe was self-inflicted. carter evans, cbs news, san bernardino, california. >> mason: facebook said today it's been hacked. the world's largest social network says it discovered last month that it was the target of a sophisticated attack by the athl unknown hackers. but it says no user accounts were compromised. the athlete known as the blade runner breaks down after being charged with murder. passengers describe the deplorable conditions on that disabled cruise ship. and a baby orca is born to swim when the "cbs evening news" continues. but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve
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>> mason: one of the passengers from the carnival "triumph" says she never wants to hear the word "cruise" again. the ordeal ended late last night when the disabled cruise ship was towed to mobile, alabama.e tonight, more than 4,000 passengers and crew are safe. anna werner reports on what comes next. >> reporter: the 13-story-high 100,000-ton carnival "triumph" sits in a mobile shipyard tonight. investigators are trying to find out how and why the engine fire began that left the ship without power. coast guard marine investigator patrick cuty spoke to cbs news by phone after seeing the damaged engine room.
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>> reporter: eight days after what was supposed to be a four- day cruise to mexico passengers cheered, then some literally kissed the ground when they finally got off the ship late last night. >> the floor is covered in water. >> reporter: more pictures of the squalid conditions onboard emerged today. sun decks turned into tent cities, plastic bags were substitutes for toilets. and carpets were stained by seeping sewage. passenger bettye priebyl. what was the worst part about that for you? >> not having a toilet. it was just really gross. and we had no -- at times we had no water, so we couldn't even- wash our hands. >> reporter: but many passengers like melissa mcdavid had only praise for the crew. >> they were going on no sleep
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for days and days and days. so they were awesome. >> reporter: nicole brown from dallas kept a bed sheet that passengers used as a memory wall to sign their names and write messages. what do you want to remember out of this? >> i just want to remember that we were all family, we made it and we survived. >> reporter: many of therv passengers were put on buses to be taken to new orleans before going home. bad luck struck again when one of those buses broke down mid- trip. now, those passengers were put on another bus and many of themer are in their hometowns tonight. now, this ship is registered in the bahamas. that means that the bahamian maritime authority is actually in charge of the investigation which means the u.s. coast guard and n.t.s.b. are only assisting in this investigation. and tonight, anthony, a passenger has filed the first lawsuit against carnival over that cruise. >> mason: knew that was coming. anna werner in mobile, alabamat tonight. thanks, anna.
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>> mason: south african prosecutors said today they plan to charge oscar pistorius withor premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. pistorius lost his legs as a child but ran in the olympics on carbon fiber blades. he cried in court. pistorius could face life in prison if he's convicted. we got our first look today at venezuelan president hugo chavez since he underwent cancer surgery in cuba two months ago. photos show him reading yesterday's edition of cuba'sw state newspaper, his daughters by his side. officials say chavez is breathing through a tracheal tube and struggling to speak. at seaworld in san diego they welcomed a newborn baby orca. the mother, a killer whale, gave birth in the water yesterday and the new baby immediately took off swimming. they don't know yet if it's a boy or girl but it's one big baby-- almost seven feet long
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connecticut, you can discover a real hero right in your own home. >> reporter: after 31 years of marriage, bill sherlach says he and his wife had fallen into a routine, every morning pretty much the same. however, for whatever reason, on the morning of december 14, bill did something different. >> she's coming across the kitchen floor and i grab her. i give her a big hug and we had a big kiss. now, most mornings, it's grab the coffee, out the door, what's on the schedule? not that morning. not that morning. >> reporter: it's the only consolation in what's been an otherwise inconsolable new year. >> there's just a huge part that's gone. >> reporter: later that day, 56- year-old school psychologist mary sherlach became one of the six adult victims of the sandy hook shooting. >> they gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care. >> reporter: today in washington, d.c., all six were posthumously awarded the
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presidential citizens medal, one of our country's highest civilian commendations. >> that's why we honor them today, the courageous heart, the selfless spirit, the inspiring actions of extraordinary americans. >> reporter: although we may never know exactly what happened inside the school that day, we do know this about mary: she was in a meeting, heard gunfire and ran toward it. that's what makes her a hero to most of us. but to her husband, she had already earned that title long before. that's you? >> that's me. >> reporter: by the time they met in college, mary had already decided she wanted to work helping people. she took some time off to raise their two girls but eventually got her master's in psychology and then her dream job at sandy hook. >> when she started working with these kids, it was her mission. >> if they were having a tough day, they could go see mary. >> reporter: kris feda worked with mary and was with her when the shooting started. >> she went out to check it out and protect and see what was
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happening, knowing that something was -- something wasn't right. >> reporter: this week, bill went to the warehouse where they have been storing all the cards and gifts that have been pouring in from around the world for the victims' families. >> all right. i thought my vehicle was big enough. >> it's a lot of stuff. >> reporter: he is at a place where he can start to go through some of this although he says he is still a long way from completely accepting any of it. >> you catch yourself, something -- i wonder what mary's going to think about this? oh. it's like those big pink erasers you had in elementary school. it's just like someone went -- just erased her. >> reporter: is there any good that will ever come from this? >> there'd better be. it's a tremendous waste if there's not. >> reporter: steve hartman "on the road" in newtown, connecticut. >> and that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason.
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thanks for watching and i'll see you tomorrow on "cbs this morning" saturday. good night. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. he is a star student with a secret one he has been keeping since he was a kid. now the berkeley math genius is taking a big risk to help others who share his dream. kpix 5 reporter linda yee on his bold addition to the immigration debate. linda. >> reporter: liz, uc-berkeley students terrence park's secret is that he is an undocumented immigrant. he said he had to go public because he wants to pursuit american dream. >> in mathematics and applied statistics at uc-berkeley. >> reporter: this student is
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doing the math. >> it costs the government $23,000 to deport a single individual. >> so that's $23,000 to deport me. >> reporter: park has taken a calculated risk exposing himself as an undocumented immigrant subject to deportation. he is doing it for the "dream act" an immigration law congress is considering that will allow certain students like him the path to citizenship and it allows him to get financial aid to continue his studies at yale or brown universities. he already lost out on a research internship with the national security agency. >> i wanted to explore what they off me but i can't have that chance to explore. >> reporter: he came with his mother from korea. she applied for naturalization papers 14 years ago. she is still waiting. >> she knows there's risk. that's why she is telling me to stay under the radar for eight
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years. >> reporter: park is protected under california's law that allows immigrant children who arrived in the u.s. under age 16 to stay as long as he is in school. that doesn't apply nationwide. 2.1million students are in the same situation. like his friend who just graduated berkeley with a degree in political science, hong's status prevents him from getting a job. >> we know we'll contribute to society pay taxes and make a positive difference in the lives of others. >> reporter: the youtube video is produced by a group led by the widow of apple cofounder steve jobs. park says his face shows the human side of the immigration reform debate. >> we take the chance. >> reporter: is it worth it? >> definitely. >> reporter: supporters say the "dream act" say it provides social and economic
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